E-mail letters, Oct. 7, 2010

Domestic abuse article needed stats on marriage status

Daily Sentinel reporter Amy Hamilton is an engaging writer. Her recent three articles telling of domestic abuse rightfully gained prominent front-page placement in a Sunday edition.

This horrific crime may be a sad manifestation of society descending into incivility and worse. We need to know more about it. Hamilton’s investigation appeared to be in-depth and reported with clarity. The piece that told us about Sgt. Lonnie Chavez of the Grand Junction Police Department and his efforts to increase awareness was particularly good.

In all of the data amassed by the police department, dutifully collected and reported to us by Hamilton, there is a glaring omission: Of the investigated cases of domestic abuse, how many of them involved couples committed in marriage and how many by couples in some other arrangement? How can we evaluate the incidents as a whole and their impact on society without considering such a vital and simple bit of information? And further, why is this information missing from Hamilton’s otherwise good reporting?

One can’t help but think that answers to these questions might give readers an even more complete picture of a serious problem.

ALAN METCALFE
Delta

How low will gaming industry go?

One wonders how low entertainment will go to make a buck. The Electronic Arts (EA) video game which had Taliban targeting — or should we say, killing — American troops is only the latest new low. The publishers claim they decided to change “Taliban” to “Opposing Force” to be, as one article states, “sensitive to families and friends of fallen soldiers.”

Actually, they changed only because of public outcry. Further, the executive producer claims that the game was intended as a “big thank-you letter to the troops.” If anyone believes that, they are invited to come and see the T-Rex grazing in the public lands behind our home near Whitewater.

When it comes to entertainment these days, I am reminded of a question from the ’60s limbo dance move: “How low can you go?”

BILL FORBES
Whitewater

Obama unlikely to be able to help Bennet

Regarding Bill Grant’s thesis that an Obama visit would push Bennett across the finish line ahead of Buck in November, it is unlikely. Colorado Democratic primary politics do not portend general election results.

So far the Republicans are successfully identifying Bennett with mainstream Washington. This coming Friday’s unemployment report will be another nail in the Democrat/Progressive electoral coffin. Progressives should recognize that in the short term overreaching during economic tumult is a losing proposition. However, in the long term the policies enacted by Obama/Pelosi/Reid, particularly passing the health care bill, will reap long-term rewards for their cause.

PAUL VON GUERARD
Grand Junction

Vote ‘Yes’ on Amendment 63

Regarding the editorial on Amendment 63: It was a perfect 10. The opinion is completely wrong and for all the wrong reasons.

It was said the state amendment would be superseded by federal law. But the fact is that most anything created by man can be changed by men. The federal government, no matter how they may proclaim their power, is not omnipotent. The will of the people can and will trump federal law.

The sophomoric claims of possibly “curtail the state’s ability to license” is laughable. And, “could prohibit colleges from requiring ... students to have health insurance” is not this exactly what it is all about.

No one and no government should be able to force and/or require anyone to buy anything. Such attitudes as expressed in the editorial are the very attitudes we can thank for the mess we are currently opposing. The most effective and the most helpful thing we can do is support every movement, every entity, every person in this very real effort to throw the government from our backs.

To vote “No” on 63 is to tacitly approve of Obamacare. Do you approve of Obamacare? If not, you must vote “Yes” on 63 so all other like-minded citizens can take heart and remain steadfast. I hope you will vote “Yes” on 63.

ALVIN K MAYO
Grand Junction

Vote Melissa Hart for CU Regent

I was disappointed to see The Daily Sentinel endorsement of Steve Bosley for another term as CU Regent at-large. For the last decade, Melissa Hart has taught at CU and been an active voice in helping making the decisions that shape CU’s future. 

Hart is able to bring the perspective of an educator, one the board really needs now to make the right decision to keep CU affordable for Coloradans.  There are no current educators on the Board of Regents – which puts them out of touch with the real issues facing the university and the students that go there. Hart has what it takes to keep CU one of the top Universities in the
nation.

Melissa Hart knows that administrative cuts will be left to university officials, not the Regents. Hart, however, has a clearly defined vision that the Regents should be leaders for CU through these hard economic times without abandoning Colorado families who can’t afford the rising cost of higher education. Hart believes the Regents should proactively encourage greater donor and grant support for the University. Additionally, Hart believes that collaboration with other Colorado colleges and universities is key to making education affordable for all students.

Bosley and the current board are proposing tuition hikes of 9.5 percent next year and then 9 percent for the four years after that coupled with elimination of more courses and programs. Actions like this, without equal increases in available scholarships, are keeping CU’s high quality education out of reach for Colorado families.

CU needs a Regent focused on affordable education. CU needs Melissa Hart.

MARY ANN GREENHILL
Grand Junction

Life begins at conception

Regarding the personhood issue on the ballot: The day that one sperm penetrates the egg a new and unique individual is formed. All the features of this new person are set, boy or girl, eye color, hair color, dimples of the cheeks and cleft of the chin.

At 18-21 days the foundations of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system are laid. At 21 days the heart begins to beat and a day later the eyes begin to develop. From 28-32 days two tiny arms make their appearance and budding legs follow two days later. The mouth begins to take shape, the nose starts to develop, blood flows in the baby’s veins but stays separate from the mother’s blood. The tongue begins to form and the face makes its first appearance.

At 42 days the brain is divided into three parts, emotion and understanding language, one for hearing and one for seeing. Joints begin to form. Mom now misses her second period. Tell me this is not a human being.

When I was first pregnant I was carrying a baby. Not a glob or a “choice.” Why is it if we planted a new forest with tiny seedlings they are considered trees and would be condemned if we pulled them out but there seems to be no problem ripping a child out of the womb. We are a sad, sad people. God forgive us.

MARTHA NEWMAN
Grand Junction



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